If you've been a landlord in Michigan for long, you've probably had to deal with at least one eviction where you ended up losing money. One situation in which landlords lose out, however, may come as a surprise: Your noncompliant tenant leaves before you get a chance to serve an eviction notice.
Even when it's a relatively uncomplicated matter of unpaid rent, tenants who violate their leases can cause a lot of economic harm to landlords. Of course, evictions are needed in situations other than nonpayment -- some lease violations result in costly damage to the unit.
In most situations, your recourse as a landlord is eviction, which begins with a written demand for possession or payment. Under current Michigan law, this demand must be served either via first-class mail or given directly to the tenant (or to another suitable person).
But how do you mail out an eviction notice when you're tenant's last known mailing address is the apartment they just moved out of? Lack of a forwarding address can also affect personal service, potentially requiring a lot of persistence or even a professional process server.